The 2017 Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale is almost here! Artists from around the region will be on hand painting and selling. September 9th, 6pm to 9pm at the United Methodist Church Social Hall.
The Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale is an annual event, held the weekend after Labor Day each year. The event brings more than 50 fine artists to the island and a crowd of art lovers many times that size. That’s because you’ll have the opportunity to buy the paintings you watched being created!
“En Plein Air” is a French term meaning “in the open air.” It refers to the act of painting both out of doors and in a race with the changing light and movement of clouds. Plein Air paintings often contain a sense of life, urgency, and excitement brought on by this race against the elements.
En Plein Air became very popular in the mid-1800’s with the introduction of paint tubes and the box easel. Impressionist painters like Monet and Renoir practiced the style and helped to make it famous. Now you can come be a part of this artistic tradition on Chincoteague Island!
Artists will range out across Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, looking for their subjects. If you see a painter, you are invited to watch quietly the as the work progresses. While some artists prefer to be left to their work, others may encourage your interaction. This event is a wonderful opportunity to study the painting process and watch a painting emerge from a blank canvas.
The finished paintings will be displayed at the United Methodist Church Social Hall on Saturday evening, 6pm to 9pm. Come browse through the completed works, chat with the artists, – and maybe take home a painting that you watched come to life!
Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale
Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
United Methodist Church Social Hall
6253 Church St, Chincoteague, Virginia, VA 23336
Chincoteague Island Lodging
Whether you’re here for the Plein Air Art Show on Sept 9th or the 2017 solar eclipse on Aug 21st, Island Manor House would love to be your Chincoteague Island your home away home! We’re located on Chincoteague’s historic Main Street, just minutes from shops, restaurants, and more. Our wonderful gourmet breakfasts will leave you ready to explore Assateague Island National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Make your Chincoteague getaway the best it can possibly be with a stay at Island Manor House!